When the first commercially available 55" OLED HDTVs came out a year ago, the thing that set them apart was their curved screens. Even a casual observer could tell the TVs were different, but critics did not fall in love with the new shape. Simply put, curved screens make no sense at small screen sizes—unless there is only one viewer.
Photo credit: LG
On the other hand, in home-theater applications, curved screens are a popular option—especially for 2.35:1 ratio (scope) movie presentations. Now, LG and Samsung are introducing UHDTVs that are large enough for use in dedicated home theaters, and perhaps large enough to justify the use of the curved form factor. Furthermore, with a resolution of 5120 x 2160 pixels, these new 21:9 TVs are almost an exact match for 2.35:1 aspect ratio movies.
At 105 inches (diagonal), these are truly epic flat panels. I expect to see them both at CES, and I look forward to scrutinizing the appeal of the curved screen from a normal home-theater viewing distance.
Photo Credit: Samsung
These two mega flat-panel UHDTVs were announced mere hours apart. I'd already heard rumors that more curved screens were on their way from the South Korean TV giants, and that those TVs would be LED-lit LCDs. Clearly, it's not a rumor anymore. Sony introduced the first such TV—a 65" model—just a few months ago. However, that TV was HD, not UHD. Are these new oversized UHD screens a hint at the future of home theater? Two things are apparent—curved screens are not going away anytime soon, and OLED no longer has a monopoly on the form factor.
Edited by imagic - 2/6/14 at 6:54am